Volume 6 Issue 1 |  May 9, 2018
Since revamp four years ago, attendance has increased each year
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI

Whatever the organization, it's a smart one that constantly looks at what it is doing and if it's doing enough to benefit members.

Four years ago, AHAI transitioned from its ordinary annual meeting and spiced it up a little bit. AHAI changed the name of its yearly gathering to the Association Leadership Conference, each word emphasizing part of an effort to get members more involved in the association as well as help the individual clubs grow.

"Our annual meeting before this was really generic and it was just the board members sitting up front giving some report, doing some business," AHAI President John Dunne said. "We figured that it wasn't a great opportunity. It was an opportunity missed and so as we've matured in this process getting into the leadership portion of it, it was putting a committee together this year to start it right when we finished last year. When we did a recap of last year's [meeting], this committee got together and they thought it would be a good idea to rebrand it. FULL ARTICLE>>

Slate of Officers Announced for the 2018 AHAI Board of Directors Election
Six (6)  candidates have submitted their nomination in accordance with the AHAI By-Laws to fill the five (5) open seats to serve a three (3) year term on the AHAI Board of Directors. Please click on each individual candidate's name to view their bio. The Board of Directors election will be held after the Town Hall during the Opening Session of the 2018 AHAI Association Leadership Conference.
Over the past seven years the "A Step aHead" program has been focused on educating the Illinois Youth Hockey community about concussion awareness and treatment. The four organizations that make up "A Step aHead", the Chicago Blackhawks, AHAI, Athletico, and NorthShore University HealthSystem, will be offering a free seminar this year on a broader range of health and safety topics, as well as other issues important to youth hockey. We would very much like to know about the specific needs of players, coaches, parents and others involved in youth hockey. Please complete this very brief survey so we can tailor the educational seminar to these needs. Additional information, including date, location and presenters will be announced when available.
Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for 2018-19 Season
By Gregg Chudacoff, Tier II Committee Chairman ~ The Tier II substitute choice application process, Squirt 10U through Midget 16U/18U will begin on July 20,2018. All applications will be submitted online. The Tier II Committee will only have (3) three appeal hearings this year for those denied a substitute choice. The dates for the appeals are August 9, August 29, and September 6, 2018 at 6:30pm at the North Shore Ice Arena. If denied, please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, at with your preferred appeal hearing date. The deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15th, 2018.
2018 Tier I Tryout Schedules Announced for Girls, Youth & Midgets
Good luck to all our players participating in the 2018 Tier I Tryouts! Please click buttons below to view schedules at all 4 Tier I clubs.
QUESTION: My oldest boy is now playing Bantam and his team participated in the Chi-Town Shuffle last weekend.  A couple of boys on the team suffered concussions, which happens, but there were checks, cross checks, and hits to the head that weren't called. I realize that's always going to be the case in some form or fashion; however, if the officials don't know what is an illegal hit or aren't confident enough to call such, what will stop the same thing from happening repeatedly? I recognize that the officials are doing their best and I'm not attempting to be critical of them or the players that commit the infraction but possibly more education is needed so that we can start to diminish these incidents.  Last year we had four boys on our team break bones. We need to find a way to minimize these injuries. The game is physical, but there must be a way to minimize concussions and other serious injuries. Does "Ask AHAI" have any thoughts or ideas on my concerns, I'd welcome the feedback. ANSWER>>
The 22nd Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing will be held at the  Schaumburg Golf Club in Schaumburg on Friday, August 17, 2018 with  a shotgun tee off scramble at 10:30 a.m. followed by dinner at 5:00 p.m.  The purpose of this event is twofold. First, it creates an opportunity for coaches, referees, administrators, parents and supporters of amateur hockey in Illinois to come together for a day of fun and relaxation to kick off the beginning of the new season. Secondly, r evenues generated from this event are donated each season to specific charities as established annually by the AHAI Foundation. Click HERE for this year's recipients. We hope you will join us for this fun-filled event! Please click buttons below for more information on sponsorship and registration. See you in August!
The AHAI Foundation Golf Outing Needs Your Help!
The AHAI Foundation Golf Outing is asking the hockey community to reach out to their favorite restaurants for a donation of dinner gift certificates to use in our raffles. We are also looking for donations of tickets to sporting events of any kind. Send gift certificates or tickets (this may also be a pledge for tickets) to Don Allord, Golf Outing Chairman, at 3 Roberts Court, Woodridge, IL 60517. Thank you in advance for your support.
2018 AHAI Adult State Tournament Crowns 5 Champions
The 2018 AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament took place April 25-29, 2018 at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville with 20 Adult Men's Teams from 12 area Adult Leagues participating. Click HERE for a complete wrap-up by the AHAI Adult State Tournament Chairman, Bob Fiorio.
B Division Champions
Green Berets
C1 Division Champions
Beer League
C2 Division Champions
Armored Saints
C3 Division Champions
Novice Champions
QUESTION:  Is it legal for a player to skate with his jersey tucked into his pants? ANSWER>>

QUESTION:   A goalkeeper is assessed a minor penalty for slashing. He proceeds to verbally abuse the Referee and is assessed a minor penalty for Unsportsmanlike Conduct. He continues the abuse and is assessed a misconduct penalty for continued abuse. Who serves the penalties for the goalkeeper? ANSWER>>
Attention all High School Combined Programs
By Jack Weinberg ~ June 1st is the deadline for filing Combined applications for the Fall 2018-2019 season. Applications will need to be filed electronically by the organization's registrar using the AHAI Web tool. The application is being updated and will be active soon. Full information for all contacts at your club including: name, mailing address, email address and phone number must be updated immediately so that they will receive all correspondence and instructions for all High School activities. If you have questions on how to update your contacts, contact the AHAI Registrar at If you have other questions for the High School Committee, email to
Illinois West High School League to Hold Its Annual Goalie Clinic
By Brian Meek ~ Illinois West High School Hockey League will again host a pre-season Goalie clinic for all West goalies at All Seasons Ice Arena.  The clinic will be held for four evenings starting Monday, July 23rd through Thursday, July 26th from 6:40PM - 8:40PM each evening.  As begun last year, the clinic will consist of both on-ice and off-ice sessions each evening.  All goalies from Illinois West are allowed to participate. The clinic is provided by the League at no cost to the participants. As is our practice, many of the coaches are past Illinois West goalies who are now playing in the college ranks. Pat Meek from Good as Gould Goalie School will manage the clinic with many experienced coaches to assist at each station. This will be the 9th year the Goalie clinic has been provided by West. READ MORE>>
Chicago Blackhawks Youth & Girls Hockey Summer Camps
Registration is now OPEN for the 2018 Chicago Blackhawks Summer Camp! Camps will be held at MB Ice Arena and Mt. Prospect Ice Arena. Our last day of camp will consist entirely of fun events (cross-ice tournament games, challenges and much more!). Our girls camp will feature Olympic Gold Medalist Kendall Coyne, along with other high level players and coaches, including Blackhawks alumni, to help your son or daughter learn from the very best in the business. Please click HERE for more information.  Contact Michael Rigitano at  312-455-7662  or with any questions. REGISTER NOW>>
Lady Blackhawks Girls Hockey Camp at MB Ice Arena
Lady Blackhawks is a program for girls ages 11-14 who have experience playing organized hockey and want to continue to grow as a hockey player! The girls will be coached by an all-girls coaching staff with guest appearances from Olympians, USA U18 women's players, and NCAA D1 and D3 women athletes. The girls will have the opportunity to work on their skills in a 3-phase program and benefit from the knowledge of this experienced staff with weekly Q+A sessions on various topics. MORE INFORMATION>>
The Rockford IceHogs Push for the Calder Cup with a Showdown in the Division Finals Playoffs against the Manitoba Moose
The Rockford IceHogs push for the Calder Cup with a showdown in the Division Finals Playoffs against the Manitoba Moose. Tickets are now available for Game 4 on Friday, May 11th at 7pm and Saturday, May 12th at 6pm **. There are still limited spots to get up close with the IceHogs for both of these games. For group or individual tickets call 815-847-6386 or

**Saturday, May 12th only to be played if necessary

Congratulations to the 24 Illinois Players selected in Phase 1 and 2 of the 2018 USHL Draft. Click buttons below to view 2018 Draftees!
USA Hockey's Fourth Annual U.S. Women's National Team Goaltending Development Camp Begins Friday; Roster Includes Illinois' Fitzgerald and Chobak
USA Hockey announced that it will hold its fourth annual U.S. Women's National Team Goaltending Development Camp from Friday-Sunday (May 11-13) at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. The camp, which annually brings together the nation's top female goaltenders from the U18 to professional level, provides athletes with specialized training and mentoring, as well as critical resources to support their long-term development as elite goaltenders. Illinois' Kathleen Fitzgerald  (Des Plaines) and Violet Chobak  (Chicago) will be in attendance. READ MORE>>
Illinois Stars Bring Home Championship Title!
The 2018 Adult Women's Rec Nationals were April 26-29th in Tampa, Florida. The Really Old Chicago Jets took 2nd Place in the 60+ division and the Illinois Stars took 1st in the 30+ Tier 2 division. Way to go, Ladies!
Illinois Stars
30+ Tier 2 Division Champions

Really Old Jets
60+ Division - 2nd Place